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Orano is an international industrial Group governed by values and principles, the foundations of which are safety & security, respect for the environment and transparency, collective intelligence, local economic development and integration into the territories.
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Orano's commitments to protect the environment

Orano takes action to reduce the environmental footprint of its activities, notably in relation to energy and the reduction of its CO2 emissions.

Reducing CO2 emissions thanks to nuclear energy

The fight against climate change is a priority for Orano, whose activities contribute to producing low-carbon electricity. In fact, nuclear energy, which emits very little CO2, is included in the IPCC's scenarios for limiting global temperature rise.

Orano aims to set an example in its activities: since 2004, we have been implementing an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction program at our industrial facilities, with the following results:

  • The targets set for 2020 have been achieved two years in advance.
  • The Group has managed to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 64%.

At the Malvési site, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 80% thanks to the commissioning of new, next-generation plants.

At the la Hague site, CO2 emissions are down by 42%, as we have prioritized electricity over fuel oil for heat production.

At the Tricastin site, we have achieved an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by modifying the fluorine production facilities and commissioning the new Philippe Coste conversion plant.

Over the same period, Orano has reduced its overall energy and water consumption by 91% and 93% respectively.

Environmental monitoring at Orano sites

Monitoring the impact of activities on the natural environment

Every day, dozens of analyses and samples are taken from the environment to verify that our activities have no impact on health. This monitoring of water, groundwater, air, soil, flora and agricultural production is carried out at all the Group's sites in France and abroad.
The analyses carried out in 2018 show that radioactivity from operations is 100 times lower than natural radioactivity in France.
  • Atmospheric monitoring is carried out at regulatory stations located in the municipalities surrounding the sites, and from weather stations connected to the Météo France network. It incorporates the action of dominant winds.
  • Radioactivity monitoring in the terrestrial environment is carried out by analyzing plant samples and agricultural production.
  • Groundwater monitoring is carried out using piezometers, which make it possible to take samples and measure water quality.
  • Monitoring of the aquatic environment and river system (sea and river; rainwater, irrigation and pumping water). It consists of inspections of the seawater, aquatic fauna and flora, and sediments such as sand. It also takes into account the action of currents.

Detailed monitoring plans

The sampling points, control frequencies and analysis methods are established with the approval of the Regional Directorate for Industry and Research and the Environment (DRIRE).

The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), an independent administrative authority acting on behalf of the State, also ensures that environmental aspects are taken into account, in addition to radiation protection for workers, technical compliance of installations, activities and compliance with regulations.

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Controlling radioactive releases

Effectively controlling liquid and gaseous, radioactive and conventional effluents is part of our commitment to environmental protection.

Gas effluents

Before being released into the atmosphere, radioactive gaseous effluents undergo numerous controls thanks to filters and alarms. Each measurement shows that their level is below the public exposure limits.

Liquid effluents

The radioactive liquid effluents produced are monitored and treated as a matter of standard practice.

Coming from wastewater and black water (sanitary) networks, they are treated and controlled by wastewater treatment plants. As for gas effluents, their level is below the public exposure limits.

Controlling the impact of mining activities

At all its mining sites, Orano Group is recognized as a player that respects the environment. The Group applies the principles of responsible mining defined in its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy, in line with those of the ICMM (International Council on Mining & Metals).


  • CSR Mines - Environment and biodiversity

Orano: certified ISO 14001

The ISO 14001 standard defines the requirements applicable to an EMS (Environmental Management System) with a view toward certification. It is based on the principle of continuing improvement in environmental performance by controlling the impacts resulting from the company's operations.

Orano Group is audited by AFAQ-AFNOR every year. L’Assurance Française pour la Qualité is a body external to the company that certifies the environmental compliance of management systems.


Orano's commitments in the regions

In every country where it operates and develops its activities, Orano fosters local economic development, all the while promoting a policy of dialogue and openness.

Exchange and dialogue with all audiences

To foster relations with each of its audiences and institutions, Orano is part of a multi-faceted information system:

  • In accordance with the provisions of Article L. 125-15 of the French Environmental Code, each Orano Group industrial site publishes an annual Transparency and Nuclear Safety Report (TSN) informing the public about its activities in terms of safety, security and radiation protection, as well as the results of its environmental measurement campaigns and waste management. The Group also publishes a report for the HCTISN, the Higher Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety, as well as a National plan for the management of radioactive materials and waste (PNGMDR) under the aegis of the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and the ASN. All these reports are available on multiple distribution channels and can be downloaded from our website under "Reference publications".
  • Within the framework of the Local Information Commissions (CLI, created in 1981), the Group participates in information meetings on its activities with elected representatives, associations, ASN members and the media. The Mining businesses participate under the authority of the prefects in the Monitoring and Surveillance Committees (MSC).
  • Each year, facility tours are held to give visitors the chance to learn about our factories, their operations and our activities.
  • Local events such as public sessions, and meetings with the press are also organised.

Contributing to and participating in local development

Nuclear power is the third largest industrial sector in France. It relies on 2,600 companies in the territories and generates more than 220,000 non-offshorable jobs. Each year, it hires up to 7,000 people.

For 2018, Orano has kicked off a large-scale recruitment campaign and has 800 jobs on offer, in permanent or fixed-term position.

Orano actively participates in training young people. Every year, the Group recruits work-study trainees in different nuclear professions. By the end of 2018, 850 long-term work-study trainees had been prepared for multiple positions, whether as engineers, managers or technicians.

The Group's involvement in community life and the local economy also extends to support and assistance for employment-generating businesses in the regions where it operates. Buttressed by the skills of its subsidiary Orano Delfi (Local Economic Development and Finance), Orano supports local entrepreneurs by providing loans and/or by acquiring holdings in regional companies.

In 20 years, Orano Delfi has helped finance more than 150 companies and supported more than 3,500 local jobs.

Economic development

Orano's committment to its employees

From safety and security to radiation protection, working conditions, employee health monitoring, risk prevention, social dialogue, training… Employees are Orano Group's most valuable asset, hence its policy of respecting and practising diversity at all stages, from recruitment to career development

Safety and security, foundational pillars for Orano

The Group places the utmost importance on unfailing attention to nuclear safety, safety and health in the workplace, and expects each of its employees to do the same daily.

Three complementary and key policies set out Group priorities in relation to nuclear safety control and radiation protection for the period 2017–2020:

  • the Safety-Environment Policy (2017-2020) sets twelve priorities for action in facility safety, operational safety and management performance,
  • the Health-Safety- Radioprotection Policy (2017-2020) is structured along three lines: developing primary prevention, controlling operations and securing feedback,
  • the Quality Policy, essential to controlling nuclear safety, and designed to drive continuous improvement on a daily basis and improve customer satisfaction and confidence.

Since 2008, no exposure levels greater than 18 mSv have been recorded (the limit per year under French regulations is 20 mSv).

As regards safety at work, the lost time accident frequency rate in 2018 was 1.5, significantly lower than the rate in French industry.

The safety of our facilities and the security of our employees are an absolute priority, which requires us to be unwavering in our requirements. Prevention is placed at the heart of our operations through a variety of mechanisms and training sessions: regular safety and emergency drills, ongoing workplace inspections, continuous medical surveillance, the prevention and diagnosis of pathological risks, and daily checks on the doses received by employees.

Encouraging employee-employer dialogue

Under its far-reaching and constantly-developing contractual policy, Orano has signed agreements on professional equality, the development of quality of life at work and the integration of people with disabilities.

Fostering quality of living in the workplace

Collective intelligence is one of Orano's pillars. It has been made central to our organization, as a means of establishing relationships of the highest standard, while ensuring a caring environment for our employees. It allows everyone to progress in their position and build a consistent and enriching professional pathway in a wide range of professions: production, engineering, service and support, whether in management or expert functions. It promotes training and the development of new skills as part of an excellence-based approach.

From the right to log off to teleworking, flexible working hours, services and employee benefits, every aspect has been addressed to promote the best work-life balance, so that everyone can give the best of themselves in an environment that enables them to thrive.

  • 86% of employee teleworking requests have been accepted since 2013, benefiting 700 employees.
  • A specific annual budget of 0.05% of the payroll (€260,000) is allocated to equal pay.
  • 5.3% of the payroll is dedicated to continuing training each year, in comparison to a national average of 4%.
  • 34 hours of training on average, per worker per year.
  • Group score on the gender equality in the workplace index: 89/100.

Our three agreements setting out our commitments have recently been unanimously renewed with trade union organizations:

  • Inclusion of people with disabilities
  • Quality of life at work
  • Gender equality in the workplace

The Group's head office has also been transformed and is currently functioning as a flex-office. In this context, teleworking should continue to expand. 

Wealth in diversity

Orano promotes an open approach to recruitment across all profiles, and pluralism in career management

  • The agreement on the employment of people with disabilities covering the period 2018-2020 was signed on 14 May 2018 by all five trade union organizations. People with disabilities account for more than 5% of employees.
  • The agreement on gender diversity promotes recruitment, equal access to professional careers and career development.
  • In the Group, diversity is defined as much in trans-generational as in cultural, social and ethnic terms. Orano promotes diversity for all through its hiring policy, training and fight against discrimination. Since 2010, the Diversity Label has also recognized the Group's initiatives on the Corporate Social Responsibility front.
Orano Group is convinced that diversity is a performance factor, a source of innovation, that diversity enriches exchanges, confronts skills and nourishes reflections.

As of December 31, 2018, women accounted for 35% of the managers recruited (27% of all employees recruited).

This is much higher than the industry average: according to Onisep, women represented just 19% of workers in this sector in 2018.

However, Orano has set itself more ambitious targets, namely to ensure that women account for 31% of staff by 2022, and 39% of the managers recruited.

The Diversity label, recognition of our HR approach

First group to receive the AFNOR Diversity label, awarded for all entities in France on March 5, 2010, and again in 2014.

OHSAS 18001 certification

International standard setting out the requirements of health and safety management systems, with a view toward certification.

See our reference publications for further details

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